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#1 jrbarnett


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:49 PM


Neil's third installment in Sir Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series from Springer.

This time Neil discusses Classic Telescopes: A Guide to Collecting, Restoring and Using Telescopes of Yesteryear. Much of the volume is devoted to the evolution of the author's (and my) favorite design; refractors. There also is an interesting discussion of glass type cooling properties. Despite a slight refractor emphasis, there are very interesting sections on reflectors and catadioptrics as well. The volume concludes with a section on restoration and maintenance of vintage telescopes.

Highly recommended.

- Jim

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:57 AM

I've been reading through Neil's book for the past few days and am impressed with it as well. Besides the sections Jim refers to on optics, there is one heck of a lot of history here as well -- not only of telescopes, but of the key individuals of the 18th and 17th centuries as well.

It's a perfect book for a cold, rainy, winter night. Pour a cup or a glass of something warm, sit back and get comfortable, and read until dawn.

John :refractor:

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